About us

Living and teaching in Queensland

If you're thinking of making the move to teaching in Queensland, there are plenty of lifestyle and career benefits. Queensland is renowned for golden beaches, lush rainforests and our laid back way of life. Our outback communities let you experience uniquely Australian landscapes, Indigenous communities and rural townships.

Other benefits of teaching in sunny Queensland include:

  • Housing affordability (Brisbane enjoys a lower median house price than other east coast Australian capitals)
  • Low cost of living
  • World class health and education system
  • Vibrant arts and culture
  • A range of sporting and recreation opportunities
  • Get paid to live and work in some of the most beautiful and culturally diverse locations in Australia.

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The department

We are the Queensland Department of Education and Training (DET), a state government department in Australia. We deliver high quality public education services to nearly 70% of all Queensland school students.

We are approximately:

  • 1,230 schools
  • 50,000 teachers
  • 543,000 students

 

The state schooling system

Queensland students starting their education in Prep or 'preparatory year' are age 5 by June 30 in the year they start school. Students move to secondary school in Year 7 and complete their senior phase of learning in Year 12.

The Australian Curriculum is taught in schools, and is replacing the Queensland curriculum as it becomes available. More information is available on what curriculum is currently being implemented.

As a teacher with the department, a range of teaching environments are available: from one teacher schools through to those with more than 2,000 students. You may find yourself teaching single or multi-age classes, or teaching across a cluster of schools. All state schools are coeducational and operate in close partnership with their local communities.

Find out more about our schools.

The Queensland school year

The Queensland school year usually runs from late January to mid-December for 40 school weeks each year, with the rare exception of a 41-week year on a cyclical basis.

It is divided into two semesters, with two terms in each semester and vacation breaks for Easter, winter, spring and summer. View the Queensland State School holiday and term dates.

Teaching in Queensland state schools

Teaching with the department provides an opportunity to pursue a fulfilling career while also meeting family, personal and lifestyle needs.

We offer our teachers the following opportunities:

Apply to teach with us today.

Last updated 18 May 2017

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